National Fire Agency spokesperson Su Hong-wei said the tanker’s fall smashed three fishing boats. Ten people were sent to the hospital, some of them with serious injuries. Six are Filipinos and three are Indonesians. Six people were believed to be trapped in a fishing boat that was in the water below the bridge when it collapsed. The military and divers, using an air force helicopter, fishing vessels and more than 60 military personnel searched for possible victims. Possibly five people were thought to be on the bridge when it collapsed. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said she hoped all government departments would do everything possible to save people.
The storm itself, which passed east of Taiwan on Monday night and early Tuesday, injured 12 people, felled trees, damaged vehicles and caused power outages around the island. Nanfangao Bridge it’s the only single-span arch bridge in Taiwan supported by cables and the second single arch-cable steel bridge in the world.